A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that I Can Do That is an energetic and fun series that features celebs training and performing various kinds of stage acts for fun. It contains positive messages about trying new things and facing new challenges. There's some friendly rivalry between the cast and some occasional sexy dancing but nothing really to worry about.
What's the story?
Hosted by comedian Marlon Wayans, I CAN DO THAT features six celebrities showing off talents they didn't think they had. Each week singers Joe Jonas, Ciara, and Nicole Scherzinger join dancer Cheryl Burke, comedian Jeff Dye, and actor Alan Ritchson in choosing an act they want to master, as well as a fellow teammate to perform it with. They only have five days of training to learn and perfect their skills before performing a version of their act in front of a live audience. At the end of each episode, the audiences rank their performances just in time for the celebs to lock in their choice of acts for the following week. At the end of six weeks, one celeb will be named the top entertainer.
Is it any good?
Adapted from an Israeli TV show, I Can Do That mixes comedy, competition, and various talent acts to create a fun and lively viewing experience. The big-name acts they learn from -- including the Harlem Globetrotters, magicians such as Penn & Teller, and dancers such as the Jabbawockeez -- also add to the fray.
The performance levels vary from act to act, and some are more inspiring than others. But this doesn't make it any less entertaining. Meanwhile, the show's messages about trying new things and developing new talents are positive ones and speak to audiences of all ages.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about some of the messages presented here. Why is it important to try new things? What keeps people from doing so? Level of difficulty? Fear of failure?
How are shows produced in different countries adapted for U.S. audiences? Does it simply involve changing the language? The cast? Or does the style of a show from a different country have to be completely changed for it to work in the United States?